- Stylish Design, Bright picture, Good text and moving images, Responsive menus.
- Only basic calibration tools.
The versatile Sony CX76 offers advanced features and good image quality at a premium price.
Price$ 3,995.00 (AUD)
If you're interested in a projector that supports wireless presentations, the feature-rich Sony VPL-CX76 is a worthy choice. A higher-end version of the Sony VPL-CX20A, this LCD model has a similarly clean, stylish design that keeps some of its controls and inputs hidden behind panels on the sides of the projector. Its automated features include a powered lens cover, automatic tilt adjustment, automatic keystone correction, and powered zoom and focus operable via remote control.
Compared to the lightweight CX20A, however, the 6.8-pound CX76 is larger and brighter (with a 2500-lumens rating, enabling it to work well in fairly large rooms that have moderate ambient light). It also packs more features to help justify its higher price. Most notably, it comes bundled with an 802.11b/g wireless LAN card (for the projector) and a comparable wireless LAN module (for the host PC) so it supports wireless presentations right out of the box. The CX20A has a Memory Stick slot for running presentations or displaying JPEG or MPEG files without requiring connection to a computer, and it comes bundled with software for creating files for a Memory Stick-based presentation. Sony tosses in a pocket-size presentation device that includes a laser pointer.
In performance tests run at its default settings, the CX76 earned better-than-average scores for text and graphics display. It earned high scores for rendering crisp text in a spreadsheet screen and for displaying vibrant, realistic color in various photo screens, including ones of a racetrack and a colorful selection of candy.
In our moving-image tests, however, the CX76's scores were closer to average. The CX76's few alternate picture modes (such as dynamic or standard, and text or graphics) helped improve the quality of some still images and video. The greatest improvements in displayed video came when we changed the color temperature from high to low, but Sony doesn't provide a preset option (such as a video mode) to make the switch for you automatically.
The CX76's on-screen menu works well, and we especially liked the way the main menu disappeared from the screen while we made certain tweaks, leaving only the option we were using displayed on the bottom of the screen. The unit provides basic image-adjustment tools, but offers fewer advanced options (such as individual RGB control) than some competing models.
The easy-to-use, standard-size remote includes a small but fluid joystick for full mouse control. A USB cable and a computer (VGA) cable are included, but no others for video or audio. The built-in (1-watt) speaker is fine for undemanding presentations, but for home-theatre use we'd want a more powerful sound system.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Witness a 241% Australian price hike: Dell Latitude 7370 review
- 2 Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review
- 3 Sony Xperia X Performance review: Sony’s most disappointing product in years
- 4 Huawei P9 review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.
- 5 Huawei Mate 8 review: probably the best all-round Android phone you can buy
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Win an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab in the 2012 PC World Media Usage survey
- Vivid Sydney 2012 gets some love from will.i.am
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSocial Media AssistantQLD
- CCMessaging EngineerNSW
- CCGeo-spatial AdministratorVIC
- FTNetwork Infrastructure SpecialistSA
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/Oracle) 160801/AP/258Asia
- CCChange CoordinatorNSW
- FTProgram Master SchedulerVIC
- CCService Management Specialist / ITILNSW
- FTBusiness Development ManagerVIC
- CCAccounts Reconciliation Officer/ AdministratorNSW
- CCTest CoordinatorQLD
- CCSystems AdministratorSA
- CCSenior Business Intelligence Analyst - "Power BI"QLD
- CCTest Manager - Baseline SecurityVIC
- CCProject Engineer -VIC
- FTPHP Developer (full stack)WA
- CCSAP Payroll Implement/Migration Project Manager/ SpecialistNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst / BillingNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst/ Scrum MasterNSW
- FTFull stack (back end focus) Java Developer | Defence | NV1ACT
- FTCloud EngineerVIC
- FTMobile DeveloperWA
- CCSQL DeveloperNSW
- CCVendor ManagerVIC
- CCSOA -Solution Architect -baselineACT